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Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 4:00pm EDT
quote detained illegally when the police stopped him at heathrow. they used legislation designed to stop terrorist suspect but not journalists. the equipment seized from their client should be returned to their client and the police should be barred from examining the material on that equipment. the equipment included a laptop and memory sticks.
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 1:00pm EDT
again and again, the u.n. investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons. that is not the mandate of the u.n. investigation. they will only affirm whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the u.n. can't tell us anything we haven't shared with you this afternoon or that we don't already know. and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism through any action through the u.n. security council the u.n. cannot galvanize the world to act as it should. let me be clear, we will continue talking to the congress, talking to our allies and most importantly, talking to the american people. president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own time lines based on our values and our interests. now, we know that after a decade of conflict the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am a too. but fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. history would judge us all extroardinar illy harshly if we turn a blind eye to use of wepons o
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 8:00pm EDT
united states use military force against that country and when? >> president obama is speaking out about syria. he said he's considering a military attack when he called a shot across syria. he wants to deter the use of chemical weapons. offer in his interview he also said he has not made a final decision. >> i have gotten options from our military, i had extensive discussion with our national security team. so let me talk about what's at stake here. we understand terrible things have been happening in syria for quite some time, that the assad regime there has been killing it's own people by the tens of thousands. there are sectarian arguments that have spilled over in bloodshed and escalated over the last couple of years. although what has happened there is tragic, and i have called for assad to leave and make sure that we've got a transitional government that could be inclusive in syria, what i've also concluded that direct military engagement involvement in the civil war in syria would not help the situation on the grouped. >> tonight the state department is criticizing what it
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 8:00pm EDT
community to quickly gather information about the alleged use of chemical weapons. the u.s. state department says syrian rebels do not have the means for chemical war fair. but the government is denying it used any toxic weapons. we want to warn you the video we are about to show you is graphic. we cannot independently verify that -- john what are you hearing from the un. >> we are hearing from officials all over the world today. but all of them keen to couch their words very carefully because as william hague said today this remains unkw unkwap -- uncooperated evidence. . -- let's hear from two leaders. >> translator: we are very concerned about the reports that chemical weapons have been used near damascus. should these reports turn out to be true, it would be a monstrosity. >> translator: if proven our position in france is that there needs to be a reaction. what does that mean? not to send soldiers into the field, but an international condemnation, and i'm not going to be more precise, of force. >> we heard from the french mourn minister that the new president who has been abo
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 9:00pm EDT
says it is certain chemical weapons were used in syria, and blames the syrian government for the attack. the white house has promised an intelligence report on the attack this week. the syrian government has, again, denied the accusations. >> translator: we are all hearing the drums of war being beaten around us. if these countries are willing to launch an aggression or military act against syria, i believe the pretext of chemical weapons is false. and i challenge, i dare them to produce any single piece of evidence. >>> inspectors from the un are still in syria looking for weapons. >>> one of the largest wildfires in california history has moved deeper into the yosemite national park. the rim fire covers about 280 square miles, the fire is threatening more than 4500 homes in the area. water in the nearby reservoir is still safe so far. >>> those are the headlines at that hour. "america tonight" is next on al jazeera. i'll see you back here at 11:00 eastern time, 8 pacific. ♪ >>> on "america tonight," building the case for action against syria, u.s. forces stand ready to go now
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 5:00am EDT
were allegedly used last week. the attack killed hundreds and thousands are severely ill. west enpowers blamed the syrian government and now they are weighing options for military actions in syria and french foreign minister says a response to the attack will be decided in the coming days. the british foreign secretary william hague said it was clear to be able to respond without the unanimous backing of the un and russia has deep concerns over the possibility of a military intervention and president bashir warned the u.s. to stay away saying it faces failure if it strikes. speaking to a russian newspaper they dismissed allegations that they used chemical weapon, describing them as an insult to common sense. and we report from washington. >> reporter: un weapons inspectors will soon be at the scene of what appears to have been a chemical weapons attack outside damascus. the syrian government has agreed to cooperate and suspend fighting in the area while it continues to deny responsibility. >> we said it once, twice, we offer again our assurances that we have never used, not in
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. president obama has directed the intelligence community to gather information about the use of chemical weapons in syria. we want to warn you, some of the video we are about to show you is graphic, and we have selected images we thought were appropriate to air. >> reporter: a day after hundreds of syrians including women and children were killed or injured, a search among the dead for missing relatives. more than is 1300 people died after government forces used chemical weapons in a number of areas. an accusation strongly denied by the government. the french government demanding some sort of action. >> translator: if proven, our position in france is that there needs to be a reaction. a reaction of international condemnation, a condemnation of force. >> reporter: and the germans hinting at an act of bar bare annism. >> translator: these reports are serious, and should they turn out to be true, it would be a monstrosity. >> reporter: un secretary general called for a thorough investigation of all reported incidents, but ultimately, it would be up to the syrian government to give
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 6:00pm EDT
there is no doubt that the president of syria authorized the use of chemical weapons against his own people nearly one week ago. the syrian government is challenging the obama administration to prove its accusations. >> we're all hearing the drums of war being beaten around us. if these countries are willing to launch an aggress against syria, i believe the pretext of chemical weapons is false, baseless and groundless. and i challenge them to produce any single piece evidence. >> the white house says it has that evidence. let's go to mike viqueira. mike, the white house is promising an intelligence assessment by the end of the week. >> that's absolutely right. you heard secretary kerry talk about that today. and jay carney says we will see that intelligence assessment on exactly what happened and try to pinpoint exactly who used them. of course the un has inspectors there. that is not part of their mandate. they are not there to cast blame or responsibility. what we have seen here, tony over the last couple of days and including today, is the administration building a case for what w
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 9:00pm EDT
indiscriminate use of chemical weapons. make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving serious scrutiny. >> you've been looking into this since the news broke last week. given the limitations of what we can know about what happen, give us a picture, what is a fuller picture of what happened? >> let's given with the fact that u.s. analysts describe syria armed to the teeth with chemical weapons. this is a program that syria began in the 196 1960 1980. it was their deterrent to israel's nuclear program. they have built this up over the years and they have stock piled lots of this stuff. what we know about what happened last week. 2:00 a.m. wednesday morning, rebel held suburbs. shells were fired into the suburbs, and almost immediately people began reacting with what is described by doctors as neurotoxic reaction. it is very likely that the gas that may have been used in some part maybe mixed with other
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 2:00am EDT
to use force in the civil war. >>> i have a dream. my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colors of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> 50 years after martin luther king's most famous speech, americans descend on the nation's capitol to keep his dream alive. >>> the wildfire raging in yosemite national park is threatening to leave san francisco in the dark. the part of the park that's burning is about 200 miles east of the city, but california's governor jar brown declared a state of emergency. the flames have started moving toward the transmission lines that feed electricity to san francisco. some of those lines have already been taken offline. so far, however, there have been no reports of power outages. melissa chan is joining us by phone in groveland, california, which is near the fires. melissa, what is the latest that you are hearing on the ground? >> well, the city of san francisco, a state of emergency, this is also the second time that the city has been involved. on thursday, the ci
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 4:00pm EDT
demanding answers into the alleged use of chemical weapons in syria. robert bales, the soldier who admitted to killing more than a dozen afghan civilians say he's sorry. >>> the justice department moves to sue texas over its voter i.d. laws saying its racist. 700,000 acres scorched in the west, now wildfires threaten yosemite park. [♪ music ] >> our top story, the u.s. wants answers, the u.n. is demanding access but is getting nowhere, and international outrage continues to grow over an alleged chemical attack in syria. 1300 people are believed dead. president obama urged intelligence community to quickly gather information about the use of chemical weapons in syria. the government denies that they use chemical weapons, but washington does not believe they have the means for chemical warfare. >> reporter: a day after hundreds of syrians including women and children, were killed or injured, a search among the dead for missing relatives. syrian opposition say more than 1300 people died after government forces used chemical weapons in a number of areas east and west of the capitol of damascu
Al Jazeera America
Aug 23, 2013 5:00am EDT
safe access to inspector and un general says the use of chemical weapons would constitute crimes against humanity but the government denies launching a gas attack near the capitol damascus and hundreds of dies including women and children and we report. >> reporter: images of syrian civilians dead and wounded from alleged chemical attacks are bringing calls for military intervention. the international community must respond with force. >> there must be a reaction. what does that mean a reaction? not sending troops on the ground but a reaction, not international condemnation but in the u.s. it's less decisive and it's a top u.s. general opposes and the joint chief of staff argues the u.s. should not get involved in the conflict because the syrian rebels are divided on tribal and religious lines and the fractured group does not share u.s. interests. it's a view not shared by one of the most senior policy voices in the u.s. congress. john mccain favors limited military strikes to degrade the air power. mccain said if we continue to sit bypass civilly while they use chemical weapons
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 6:00pm EDT
hands on gas masks. >>> president obama said he has not decided how to respond. he calls the use of chemical weapons a threat to american security and to the security of u.s. allies. the president says he wants what he calls limited a*bs. >> we're not considering any open ended commitment. we're not considering any boots on the ground approach. what we will do is consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons understanding that there's not going to be a solely military solution to the under lying conflict and tragedy that's taking place in syria. >> our mike joins us from the white house. what more did the president say about what's needed in syria. >> the white house told us that the president continues those consultations with allies he's pokeen to a number of days since that chemical attack in syria. the president having consultations perhaps one last time. after the events of today, we first heard from john kerry, the secretary of state, he laid tout case presented that intelligence report declassified four pages wort were maps that were four separate chem
Al Jazeera America
Aug 23, 2013 11:00pm EDT
syrian government has denied that it used chemical weapons but has also refused a team of u.n. chemical weapons experts access to the site. medical health to victims have subsequent died. chem experts say that evidence such as this could point to the possible use of a nerve agent. >> by looking at the videos you can tell that some of the victims are suffering in asphyxiation. they don't have any external wounds, so it is consistent with use of a chemical agent but unless somebody can go in and get samples it is very difficult to say exactly what happened. >> the longer the u.n. inspectors are kept out the harder it will be to prove exactly what happened and who was responsible for the attack. charles stratford, al jazeera. >> analyst joins us from washington, d.c. mark, first of all give me your reaction to the announcement tonight that the navy is moving closer to syria. >> i think that they're just doing this as precaution if that's what they're actually doing. to send a message to the syrian government, and also, to the rebels in syria as well. but i shouldn't read too much into that
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 11:00am EDT
great event. now 50 years later where are we? i think dr. king gave us the plan, and it's up to us to implement it. people always ask me where we are in the year 2013 looking back at dr. king's dream in is the 63. i have to say quite honestly in some sense it was the best of times and the worst of times. we did not make the progress that i expected us to make in 50 years. some of the very same things that king talked about in 1963 are now issues for americans. they are marching for jobs 50 years ago, and now they're marching to get a job. they're qualified to get it but they can't find work. dr. king said that negroes lived in a vast land the poverty in a land of prosperity. you know, in 2013 it hasn't changed. when we look at the divide between the black haves and the black have-notes it tells us we're going in the wrong direction. when you think of the criminal justice system we have 2 million people in jail, and over a million of those are african-american. it tells us that we've moved backwards in that sense. we don't think about treatment. we don't think about ways of rehabili
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 10:00am EDT
westernized eye doctor to becoming the president of syria using chemical weapons to massacre his own people. i appreciate you both being here. you interbothed bashar and his father -- >> yes, i did. >> what is your impression of this man? >> i interviewed him very early in his term as president. and he was an unknown. whereas his father had been really ruthless, but he was tough, ruthless, clever, and the son was an unknown quantity. >> despite his western leanings because he had been in london for so long -- >> yes, and i think there were some hopes that syria could be broken off from iran at that point, strategically. >> and ed this is not a guy who resembled your saddam hussein and gadhafis. how he has turned out to be very similar to those guys. >> he inherited a legacy from his father, and that background was always there, and he was surrounded by his father's strong men. he was torn between two worlds, one with the british wife, him being english speaking, enthralled by the internet and wanting to connect syria to the rest of the world, and then he had his father's old military
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 6:00am EDT
come to a common position on the syrian conflict. joining us live from the crossing on the lebanon syrian border, first of all, we understand there have been people crossing over that border, tell us about the situation there? >> yes, this is the main border crossing between lebanon and syria. damascus a mere 15 minute drive. you can see behind me, people fleeing syria, but a lot of those cars really have demas. discuss licensed plates. five lot of people we have been talking to believe that the possibility of western strikes is real, and they do belief that damascus strong hold will be targeted. ten people are scared. they are concerns about their children, and basically what they have been telling us is that the regime, the army has been taking its own precaution. what they have been doing is repositioning their artillery to civilian populated areas. we understand that army soldiers as well as their families have been moved into schools can are previously used by the internally displaced people. they are also opposition activists have been telling us that the army is moving polit
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 2:00pm EDT
the government of using banned weapons. they say these disturbing pictures are proof. [ yelling ] >> this man mourns his two daughters. he asked what has he done wrong? and the girl in trauma, she crisis, i'm alive. i'm alive. there are too many cases with different symptoms. >> the number of victims of children and others is very high. i've carried in my own hands around 50 dead children. the worst thing about what happened is the indiscriminate nature of the attack and the ignorance of people who didn't know what to do when the attack took place. >> opposition groups say that around 3:00 a.m. wednesday government forces fired rockets on areas in eastern, an area of countryside east of the capitol damascus. they say rockets warhead contained some sort of nerve gas agent. pictures of dozens of dead bodies that have no advisable wounds or trauma. other footage show allege survivors of attacks suffering from fits and other grieving problems. the syrian national coalition didn't mince their words. >> it's not the first time for the regime to use whencal weapons. today's crime repre
Al Jazeera America
Aug 20, 2013 4:00pm EDT
is in cairo for us. same question that i posed to mike just a moment ago. what is the reaction among egyptians to the arrest of the muslim brotherhood spiritual leader? it probably depends on who you are speaking to? >> two distinct reactions to that capture and arrest of mohammed badie. on the one hand you have the formal reaction which is spoken through cairo's media, which is essentially a mouthpiece for this government. and they are openly joyous that he was captured. they view that as a victory for the government. the muslim brotherhood is vowing to fight back. they have now elevated their right hand man, who is now in charge of the muslim brotherhood, and they are also saying that the muslim brotherhood is not backing down from this in any way, shape, or form, they are going to respond. they said that they will respond to what has happened in terms of him being arrested. >> david his arrest wasn't the only development here, mohammed baredy is also facing charges. >> yes, they issued a warrant, basically for his arrest. he resigned the post of vice president last week because of
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 6:00am EDT
families are buries those killed. >> that's barn by phillips reporting for us. and now james is over at the united nations headquarters, james, and you heard what barnby was saying about the u.k. possibly going to the u.n. security council, what are you hearing from your end on that? >> well i think it is fair to say they kept this one very close to their chest. normally we get whispers of these things going on. trying to prepare these things there was no mention of this in all our calls in the last 24 hours. it is important development i think so is what we are about to see in geneva, where the special representative on syria. >> james, james -- >>ly just have to stop you, because we are crossing over to geneva, that's where the u.n. arab pane envoy is speaking. stand by and listen to this along with myself and the viewers. we expect him to speak in just a few moments. let's listen in. >> the special envoy is with you, ambassador. and he is here for -- i have to alert that for a short period of time, because he has to rush for traveling. i hope that we will be able to answer all your q
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 7:00am EDT
divided voices weigh in on the best way to handle allegations of chemical weapons use in syria. >> waiting for the green light from the white house, the u.s. military says it is ready to launch a strike to weeken assad's regime. >> more than 60 square miles have been charred inside yosemite national park. >> free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last. >> that famous speech delivered by the reverend dr. martin luther king, jr. ♪ theme >> the u.n. special enjoy to syria wants to see the evidence the u.s. and its allies say they have concerning a chemical weapons attack in that nation. he spoke only one hour ago as the world awaits action on president bashar assad's regime. we've seen the images of the children and family suffering from symptoms similar to those caused by chemical weapons. the enjoy said the evidence does suggest some sort of chemical weapon was used, killing hundreds. >> i know that the americans and the british and others say that they know that chemical weapons have been used. what we have been told is that this evidence that the amer
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 11:00am EDT
senators this afternoon. russian president putin says accusations the syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people are utter nonsense. that's a quote. u.n. chemical weapons inspectors have left syria after collecting evidence from the scene of last week's attack. we have several reports. we begin with paul live in washington. so, paul, what else have you learned about this potential strike against syria? >> reporter: well, here's what we know about u.s. capabilities in the region. as you mentioned there are a half-dozen american warships in the eastern mediterranean, five of them are guided-missile destroyers carrying tomahawk missiles, one is a marine troop carriers with several hundred marines on board. the president has emphasized no boots on the ground. this ship is kept in the region as a precautionary measure. now, france so far is the only major u.s. ally to pledge support. they have one aircraft carrier stationed in the mediterranean, and about a dozen war planes at two bases in the region. those are armed with short-range missiles that could strike targets w
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 12:00pm EDT
government forces used chemical weapons on the people in the capitol damascus. the shocking pictures of the victims have brought international condemnation, the french government demanding some sort of action. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the reaction of international condemnation. >> the germans hinting at an act of barbarism. >> we are very concerned about reports that chemical weapons have allegedly been deployed. and should this be true, it would be a monstrosity. >> the united nations security council failed to reach an agreement on a response. the u.n. secretary general called for a thorough investigation but said it would be up to the syrian government to give their permission and to continue civility. >> everything that has been said is ridiculous and unscientific. there is no use of that weapon at all. >> both russia and iran say the news of the chemical attacks are accurate. the sunni national coalition has called for an international investigation. today the u.n. will investigate allegations of previous attacks per the mandate. there have been claims and counter claims
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 11:00pm EDT
used of chemical warfare on its own people, opposition groups say the government killed hundreds including women and children. getting out, former egyptian president mubarak could be released from prison in a few hours, how it could impact an already volatile situation, bradley manning is sentenced to 35 years behind bars for leaking classified information. now his attorney wants some help from the president. ♪ ♪ we begin with those disturbing pictures from syria and the allegations of chemical warfare. tonight the united nation is his calling for an investigation. opposition groups claim the government used chemical weapons on its only people last night and they claim the unverified pictures circulating today prove their point. we want to warn you some of these pricks are extremely graphic. they show injured people being treat bide hospital workers while others lie motion little, activists and opposition forces say they are victims of banned chemical weapons fired by government forces. other video shows survivors struggle to go breathe. al jazerra can't verify the videos and
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 4:00pm EDT
and wounding 32 more at fort hood in 2009. heidi zhou castro, walk us through what happened today. >> reporter: absolutely. today the government gave their closing arguments for the sentencing phase, and hassan said he would not give a statement at all. so again it was silence from hassan. then shortly after that the jury was allowed to begin deliberations. it took them just under three hours, tony, to come to this unanimous verdict verdict. >> reporter: the judge told them not to speak about this trial until sentencing was over. we're told that should start in the next five or ten minutes. also we expect reaction from fort hood public affairs who has been documenting step by step how this court-martial has played out. >> heidi zhou, if you would, the moment when that news conference is about to begin give us a head up and we'll be back to you. jeffrey, good to see you again. thanks for joining us. i take it you're not surprised at all that in a da nadal hassas sentenced to death. >> reporter: no, i was not surprised. i don't think it would have made a significant difference if he
Al Jazeera America
Aug 20, 2013 6:00pm EDT
former interim vice president has been accused of breaching national trust. what more can you tell us about that? >> well, a breech of national trust is actually the way they are referring to the fact that he left the vice presidentsy last week as his way of protesting the violence that had taken place out in the streets. he went home to the nation of austria where he has lived for a long time. but breaching the national trust is simply a way of saying that he left the vice presidency as his way of protest. by the way that's a misdemeanor crime here in this country. >> all right. david jackson for us in cairo. david thank you. michael hannah is with us, he is a senior fellow at the century foundation. michael good to have you here. now since the military takeover on july 3rd, it is a triumph in stupidity. how would you describe the situation unfolding in egypt? >> well, it has been a slowly building catastrophe, and it's not just july 3rd, it's the week leading up to that. leaders including morsi, and now his successors really dealing recklessly with the future of the country. looking
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 12:00pm EDT
allegations of the use of chemical weapons -- are there. so there were -- there were no delay whatsoever, and she was granted access to the locations that she and the other doctor wanted to visit. >> reporter: where did these gases come from? >> you may be aware that long time ago, a couple of very important information spread all over the media, and nobody spoke about it, but we conveyed it if i recally speaking in official letters, among these official letters i was referring to the secretary general as well as the members of the security council. the turkish media mentioned that 12 members -- terrorist members of [ inaudible ] were arrested within turkish territory, carrying with them two litters of the sarin gas. these two liters were taken with them to turkey. and the confession by theater -- terrorists was they intended to use it in syria. and then the judge from the investigation said herself that having the information she had, the armed terrorist groups were the ones to be blamed for the use of chemical weapons, which is the key issue related to the use of chemical weapons. then
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 12:30pm EDT
. yesterday that one of our staunchest allies great britain will not be going along with us on this. i would at some point the secretary of state will address that as well. >> perhaps he will. secretary of defense hagel addressed that privately yesterday. he was asked some questions there about the coalition, mentioned that partners need to make decisions on their own. that countries will certainly have the right to do so. but indicated that the u.s. will continue to consult with britain. but that the u.s. is pardon me, prepared to press forward with or without britain. >> and at this point, perhaps pressing forward with an unlikely ally in france. >> ambulance is certainly known as a staunch opponent to the war in iraq, while the u.k. was a strong partner. so the tables may have turned here these many years later, france, of course, wants the colonial power in syria, so an interesting cross roads of history that we see ourselves in today. >> and we are also hearing in fact that syria -- that pardon me that turkey has take an pretty firm stance as well. about the chemical weapons attac
Al Jazeera America
Aug 25, 2013 10:00pm EDT
says there is little doubt chemical weapons were used. >>> the fires west ofi of yosemite park are contained. the windy, dry conditions mean it is likely to superdome more. >>> the u.s. army psychiatrist convicted of murder will be back in front of a jury on monday. he is entering the penalty phase of his trial. a military jury convicted him of 35 charges including premeditated murder. one of the penalties the jury could recommend is death. those are your headlines. >>> what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating news stories? >> they share it. >> social media isn't an afterthought. america. >> al-jazeera social america community online. >> this is your outlet for those conversations >> post, upload and interact. >> every night, share undiscovered stories. >> the stream, tomorrow night, while the death toll from cholera continues to rise, a new fight for justice has begun. mario joseph is the most famous lawyer in haiti. he's won landmark victories for victims of political persecution. today, he's collecting medical records. with very limited resources mario is rep
Al Jazeera America
Aug 20, 2013 8:00pm EDT
with us. >> reporter: the protests are daily now and they are noisy. they are in honor to protest and to avoid the serious crack downs. on tuesday, the anti-coup alliance says it has a new tactic to try to maintain. >> translator: the situation in this is tense what we do in each area and also depends on the curfew. there's demonstrations. every government has its own. some you will find -- the change in protests. >> reporter: the presidential candidate, the country called terrorism. that's the way those supporting the military-led government have been referring to those opposed to them. >> translator: issue needs to be raised. will anyone accept egypt to be a victim of a terrorism. this is the issue, egypt will not accept terrorism, at this time, egypt is against violence and terrorism has a road map. >> reporter: until recently, former vice president was part of that government. he's expected to face trial over his resent resignation in protest of the crack down on protestors. the legal action has been brought by a civilian e a civil. these people don't have that and say they wi
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 2:30am EDT
construction. he's renting another 60 homes that his company built. james joins us now on the phone from one of his properties that's actually under contract. james, are you with us? thank you for joining us. >> yes i am. >> reporter: i'm getting bad weather across the country. we want to see you on camera. we know that you've got a storm where you are so we have to talk to you on phone. i've been describing to my viewers what's happening in the housing market, the fact that it has been strengthening for so long. you're in a place that was so hard hit during the recession, tell me as a home builder what you've seen happen in the last year. >> in the last year we've seen prices increase from $85 a foot to $100 to $110. we've had real estate investors come in, and it's changed the market up some for us, and we've been picking up quite a bit of home buyers in the last six months. >> reporter: now are most of your buyers people who are taking the mortgage to buy a house and live in it, or are these investors that i was just talking about. >> we've had them both. right now we seem to hav
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 2:00am EDT
is ready to strike in syria over the use of chemical weapons. california's 11-day-old wildfire now has burn 60 square miles inside yosemite park. >> free at last. free at last. thank god almighty we're free at last. >> reporter: 50 years later a grand celebration of the most famous civil rights speech ever delivered by martin luther king. >> the clock is now ticking on u.s. military action in syria. a probably strike could come within days. u.s. warships are already in position, and the rest of the world is joining the debate on what kind of action should be taken and when. patty tells us what options president obama is weighing to stop the use of chemical weapo weapons. >> reporter: the president obama administration said they will respond to this, the use of chemical weapons in syria. the goal is not to remove bashir al-assad, but to send him a message. >> it is not our intention t for scream changregime change. >> reporter: many feel a strike is unlikely to shift momentum in syria. >> in terms of shifting the momentum on the ground, it's not likely. target strikes are nor powerf
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 4:00pm EDT
. >> michael, i appreciate it. have a great labor day weekend. michael green with aaa with us. stay tuned. more news in just a moment here on al-jazeera. saudi arabia for that. ♪ make >>> hello again, everyone, i'm tony harris. here is the latest from al-jazeera. president obama addressed the topic of military intervention in syria today. he says he has not made a final decision but the u.s. is considering a, quote, limited narrow act. the president made it clear he considered syria's use of chemical weapons a threat to national security and secretary of state john kerry echoed obama's sentiments. he said while the u.s. will act on its own timeline, anything that the u.s. does with regard to syria will not be open ended. paul beeben joins us live. secretary kerry made a forceful case for action in syria. what were some of the key points? >> that's right, he was very forceful. almost as emotional as he was earlier in the week, discussing specifics about the details of the aftermath of the chemical attacks. talking about bodies wrapped in white shrouds without a spot of blood but he emphasized
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 8:00pm EDT
government will act accordingly. >> and paul is live for us in london tonight. a stunning defeat. lap >> and david cameron, who is coming under a lot of scrutiny for misjudging this entire thing, repeated yes, i understand, the people have spoken, there's house has spoken. i will not move them to any kind of action. >> paul, thank you very much. and joining me here in the studio, is the diplomatic editor. and former chief u.n. weapons inspector. gentlemen, thank you. james let me start with you. >> the u.n. there is shock, that the loyal britts who stood by the americans in iraq and afghanistan will not be involved in this military campaign. it is interesting at the beginning of the week, i spoke to british m.p. by phone. said to me -- i don't like the party or apartmen parliament aro support this. at the time, it looked as though there was a plan. a short path to short attacks. it looks like that is unraveling now. >> what does it mean for the possibility of an attack? especially at the u.n.? >> i think there's a big question. certainly they won't get this to resolution. the british
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 7:00am EDT
using chemical weapons. >> new dangers as the nation's biggest forest fire now threatens thousands of buildings, water and energy sources and america's cherished trees. >> a senior muslim brotherhood leader accusing the military run government there are terrorism. >> the secret service agent grabbed her hand and the gun. >> this chilling flashback as former president gerald ford recounts an assassination attempt on his life 30 years ago. ♪ theme >> syria's foreign minister says a potential u.s. strike on syria would serve the interest of groups there in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed 355 people last week in damascus. in a speech moments ago, assad's second in command telling secretary of state john kerr we his regime has not gone against the u.n. investigation. >> it has said that the government used a chemical agent. i categorically deny to mr. kerry, i reiterate there is no single country in the world that may use a weapon of mass destruction against their own people. if those who are using our armored forces are in position of any piece of evidence that we have
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 4:00pm EDT
at one point we made us all sit up taller, because there was one moving testimony that just ended, and his immediate question was if he could have lunch. obviously legal experts say he is deliberately not showing signs of remorse. he is doing everything wrong if he were to try to avoid the death penalty. >> how long might it take for this jury to come back with a decision? >> reporter: all of us who are watching this, say it should be a quick decision. the government should be wrapping up its case tomorrow, hasan has requested one day's rest before giving his statement. and he hasn't said much out there, so i doubt he would speak longer than a couple of minutes. and some of the experts here with us are saying they are expecting a very quick penalty sentence. >> heidi, thank you. >>> hello, i'm kevin corriveau, of course we have been talking about the wildfires, but we also need to talk about the flooding in california as well. take a look at the wall. it is in southern california, and parts of arizona and nevada. we have had some video of the flash flooding across las vegas and cl
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 10:00pm EDT
lawmakers that intercepts of communications prove that they used chemical weapons. >> the jay toss the right. 272, the nos to the left, 285. >> british lawmakers said no to an attack on syria tonight, it was a major defeat, he had tried to persuade parliament that an armed response to the use of chemical wells was the right course of action. >> i strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but i also believe in respecting the will of this house of commons. it is very clear tonight, while the house has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the british apartment reflecting the views of the people does not want to see british militarya. i get that and the government will act accordingly. >> u.s. defense secretary is in h the philippines tonight. we will have the latest information on our newscast at 11:00 eastern time. consider this, is next. >> the high cost of low wages. fast food worker pros test across america against low pay and a constant state of poverty. but consider this, would giving into their demands bring unintended consequences for
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 2:00pm EDT
france says it's willing to use force if allegations of chemical weapons used in syria prove true. >> i didn't take millions in describes disgraced chinese politician bo xilai. >> and expulsion over doping procedures. >> more than two years after he was overthrown and then arrested, hosni mubarak is tonight out of prison. his release comes seven weeks later. it's not for long. >> helicopter rises from the tour of prison after hours of legal procedure hosni mubarak is released. but his immediate destination is just a short flight down the road his release is very much a technical term. he'll remain house arrest under the decree issued by the prime minister. a ban from him leaving the country has been imposed. >> we have lost everything. now justice will return and everything negative will we stayed away from will come back. >> mubarak is expected to be back behind bars in the courtroom on sunday when his trial on charge of complicit in the civilian deaths during the 2011 revolution resumes. >> the implication is that mubarak is not being acquitted. mubarak will now go to trial for three
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 6:00pm EDT
>> hello a chilling assessment of weapons used in syria from doctors without borders. >> the white house says president obama has gotten a range of potential options from his national security team on how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in syria. >> a fast-moving wildfire threatens yosemite park and has the city of san francisco under a state of emergency. thousands march for civil rights and racial equality, where we stand 50 years after martin luther king, jr.'s iva dream spee >> good to have you with us. there may be more evidence of what appears to be a chemical weapons attack last week in damaskas. three hospitals supported by the international humanitarian group say victims started pouring in wednesday exhibiting neuro toxic symptoms. medical staff say they treated 3600 patients in a time span of just three hours of those patients, medics say 355 people died. wednesday night's attack has prompted president obama to discuss potential military options in syria. the new president of the syrian national coalition has called for an international military intervention in
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 11:00am EDT
, but this doesn't the first time that rebels accused the government of using chemical weapons. the government has accused the them of using these weapons as well. undoubtedly the ongoing conflict would only lead to more escalation. >> thank you. in egypt former egyptian president, hosni mubarak was ordered to be released from prison. it's possibility he could be free, however, his legal troubles not ever. jonathan betts joins us from cairo. what has the reaction before to this news, jonathan? >> yeah, it is a huge development, the reaction at cairo is waiting and seeing. two years ago the country celebrated when hosni mubarak was thrown from office, but in the past two years, a lot has changed in egypt, the government has changed triwice. but today acourt in cairo, cleared one of the last hurdles. now it looks like it is becoming increasingly possible that hosni mubarak could be freed from prison. unlikely to happen today, but sources telling al jazeera it could happen as early as tomorrow. not a guarantee, though. we're obviously not sure exactly what may happen. but he does -- th
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 7:00am EDT
. these images are disturbing. doctors treat victims. they claim government forces used toxic gas outside damascus. the syrian government has denied the claims. a team of inspectors is in syria looking into previous reports of chemical attacks. we have more on the situation in syria. >> activists are calling it a chemical massacre, accusing the government of using banned weapons. opposition groups say around 3:00 a.m. wednesday, government forces fired rockets on a number of areas in an area east of the capital damascus. they say rocket warheads contained assaults of nerve gas. they have these videos at proof. they appear to show dozens of dead bodies that have no visible wounds or trauma. others show alongside survivors suffering from fits and apparent breathing problems. aljazeera cannot independently verify these videos. >> the house was destroyed. all civilians inside were killed. i heard strange sound cominging from the rockets, like a fan. i went to the house. it was full of bodies, all laying on their backs, some shaking, some paralyzed and having breathing difficulties. some had f
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 8:00pm EDT
involved in the dispute. opposition groups are claiming that the government used chemical weapons in the overnight offensive. we want to warn you that some of the pictures we want to show you are extremely graphic. they show injured people being treated by hospital workers while others lie motionless. activists athey are victims of banned chemical weapons fired by government forces. and other video shows survivors struggling to breathe. al jazeera cannot verify the videos but if proved true it will spotlight president obama's pledge almost a year ago to respond forcefully of any chemical weapon used by the assad government. the death toll has reached more than 1200. he also says rockets loaded with toxic agents were launched into the suburbs and the hospitals are not able to help the number of victims arriving. we have all angles covered from the white house to the united nations. we'll hear from john serve. it could knock al-assad out of power, but then what next? >> yes, the united nations met to explain great concern about the use of chemical weapons in syria and promised investig
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Aug 23, 2013 5:00pm EDT
. fiona who lives in washington, d.c. told us her story. >> i am 29 years old. i have an undergraduate degree in ecology, which is just a branch of biology and then a masters in environmental science and management, and between those two i have a total of $85,000 in student loan debt. >> what does that mean for monthly payments. >> monthly payment versus varied depending on how much i knew about the payment plans available to me, how much money i was making, but at this point in my life, which is the lowest monthly payments i've ever had, it's $370 a month. >> how painful is that or how easy is that to pay with your current income and where you're at in your life with your career. >> at this point i would say i'm managing them fine because in the last year and a half i've had to teach myself to do that. but upon immediately graduating from grad school, really no knowledge on how to manage it, what options were available to me. i think at that time it was the most difficult to deal with. it became a source of problem in personal relationships. it really kind of pulled a lot of things in
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 12:00pm EDT
fired up on west executive drives just next to me, that signifies to us the end of a national security council meeting. the most recent in a series held here at the white house. the security council of course consistents of the president, his to be cabinet secretaries his spell agencies and on down the line. they have been meeting for two hours. presumably on his way to fog by bottom to the state department where he has 1:30 press conference scheduled. making that case public that they made in private last night to congressional leaders reading out some of the finding that has come up with that implicates the regime in that attack, that chemical attack a week ago. >> and that's an important distinction you made when you clarified when you said a statement as opposed to a conference, we are simply going to hear what he has to say and go from there. >> they are keeping it tight, as they did last monday. this weekend has been bookended by john kerry. a very forthright statement, we will see what he has to say today. again, i am being reminded we have a poll to talk about the uphill climb.
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Aug 28, 2013 6:00pm EDT
work hard regardless of race into the ranks of a middle class life. >> mike viquera joins us. there was forrest whittaker, oprah winfrey was there, i'm curious who the crowd responded to most. >> you know tony it was an extraordinary day, it was renewal, celebration and commemoration. a lot of people who were talented public speakers really moved the crowd. and i gt to mention there was music that was extraordinary. it was a rainy day, drizzled off and own. partnered the cliche it didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd. president obama talked about putting a shoulder to the gate and pushing back and both he and president obama who spoke after the members of the king family spoke paid some overtly political comments about the gridlock in washington as well. president obama took the podium, he immediately noted the symbolism and the reality of the fact that here we are, 50 years to the day after this speech on these very steps where we're standing where this crowd had gathered today. here is an african american, the first in american history, his rhetorical motif because they marched and
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Aug 23, 2013 9:00am EDT
mohammed from the anti-coup alliance. just tell us where you are and how many demonstrations and marches are taking place, and what your strategy is. >> right now i'm following -- i was injured -- so i'm in the -- i'm in the back office right now doing social media follow up. but, you know, we have here -- we have -- i have in front of me a picture and -- and live stream from different parts of cairo. there are different marches around all over cairo. there is -- there is -- right now in nashir city protesters heading from [ inaudible ] and [ inaudible ] they are all heading to the meet-up area, and i'm looking right in front of me now, there's [ inaudible ] and [ inaudible ] geza and just -- all over -- all over -- every small city in cairo -- every big city in cairo, there are protests all over. and they all have destinations where they are going to meet up at. there are huge protests nationwide. and a few days following, mubarak's release -- >> okay. mohammed, but let me ask [ technical difficulties ] >> we have been in the streets ever since the military coup took place, or e
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Aug 24, 2013 12:00pm EDT
us posted on what comes out of this today. >> reporter: i will. >> california governor jerry brown has declared a state of emergency. look at these flames tearing through acres of woodlands of yosemite national park. officials say it's one of the largest in california history, and that is saying something. the fear now is that millions of people in northern california could lose their water and electricity. we have the latest. >> so to provide us the latest updates on the fire is teen i can't walker from california governor's office of emergency service. she joins us from california. i think what people find the most interesting is this is affecting people as far as the northernest part of the state. could you explain that to us? >> reporter: the rim fire has made substantial impact statewide. we have air quality impacts and we have the fire threatening the watererwater reservoir. we have the impacts of the fire of the county and of the water reservoir that supports san francisco county and they are clean water system. >> are you having to pull in people from other states? ho are y
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Aug 26, 2013 8:00pm EDT
inexcusable moral obscenity. the white house says the evidence leaves little doubt that syria used chemical weapons against its own people. the message came hours after unidentified snipers attacked un inspectors in damascus. mike viqueira joining us with more live. >> the language was blunt and the terms were personal. it's apparent that military action against the assad regime is now more a question of when, not if. it was the strongest condemnation yet from the administration. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the conscious of the world. it defies any code of morality. the indiscriminate slaughter of shrivelians, the killing of women and children, and innocent bystanders is immoral. >> president obama met with leaders at the white house to discussion options. now kerry says the syrian regime will pay a price. >> president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: what are the options? american boots on the ground already ruled out. a no-fly zone? highe
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Aug 28, 2013 8:00am EDT
way to handle allegations of chemical weapons use in syria. >> awaiting the green light from the white house, the u.s. military says it's ready to launch a strike to weaken the assad regime. >> calendarle's seven-day-old wildfire has burned morn 60 square miles inside of yosemite national park. >> free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last. >> 50 years later, a celebration honoring the iconic civil rights speech delivered by dr. martin luther king, jr. ♪ theme >> strike on syria, all eyes are on the u.s. this morning to see how it will respond to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack by the assad regime. the u.n. envoy suggests that a chemical weapon was used. the chorus of other international voices weigh in. british prime minister david cameron drafted a resolution on syria to be presented to the u.n. security council today. all members of u.n. security council especially russia are urged to back the resolution. russia warns against a strike, saying any intervention without a resolution would have "catastrophic consequences." iran has also weigh
Al Jazeera America
Aug 25, 2013 8:00am EDT
toxic agent. >> a humanitarian groups chilling assessment of chemical weapons used in syria. a mast fast-moving erratic wildfire threat pes yosemite national park and has the city of san francisco under a state of emergency. ♪ ♪ former egyptian president hosni mubarak appearing in court today and defending his case. his case adjourned now until september 14th. he's facing a number of criminal charges stemming from the 2011 uprising in egypt. three leaders of the muslim brotherhood face similar but unrelated charges. we go to cairo for details. >> morgan, sister-in-law parallel trials today in cairo representing two opposite sides of the political spectrum in egypt. the first trial was for senior leaders of the muslim brotherhood including mohamed badie, the spiritual leader, he along with deputies are charged with inciting violence and leading to the death of a couple of protesters back in june outside of their headquarters. that trial kicked off today without the members present for security reasons and was adjourned within a couple of minutes and delayed until october. the other bi
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